Lux Radio Theatre was indisputably the biggest, most important, most expensive drama anthology program on radio. It ran from October 14, 1934 until June 7, 1955, then continued on television as Lux Video Theatre until 1957. In all, some 926 episodes were broadcast, providing a record of the most important entertainment events in American theatre and, later, film.
Lux Radio Theatre was always broadcast live, with a studio audience and a full orchestra accompanying the performance and providing musical transitions between scenes. As many film actors were used to numerous takes and not live performance, they sometimes suffered acute stage fright before the show. However, since most received $5,000 for their performance – in addition to free publicity for upcoming pictures – actors appeared in their original screen roles if they were available. Indeed, production would halt if necessary on a film if performers were called to appear on Lux. When the actors were not available, others stepped in. The plays were assembled and rehearsed for a week, in sharp contrast to many other shows, which required a minimal of an actor’s time. Regular players for the series included Jim and Marian Jordan, otherwise known as Fibber McGee and Molly. Hosts included Cecil B. DeMille (1936-1945), William Keighley (1945-1952) and Irving_Cummings (1952-1955). Directors included Tony Stanford, Frank Woodruff, Fred MacKaye and Earl Ebi. When broadcast on the Arms Forces Radio Services in the early 1950s, the show was re-titled Hollywood Radio Theatre and hosted by Don Wilson. Similar shows include Academy Award Theater, The Campbell Playhouse, Screen Directors Playhouse and The Screen Guild Theater.
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Lux Radio Theatre Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate Certification Date: January 27, 2015 Certification Version: Version 1 Number of DVDs/CDs: 8/47
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December 14, 2018 Subject:
Disney on Radio!
The Alice in Wonderland episode broadcast on December 24, 1951 is a special Christmas presentation. Heard are the cast members from the Walt Disney film production. As a Disney bonus, one of the commercials features Snow White herself. And at the end of the show the cast members re-unite with a few words. Can this audio version rival the animated one? You bet it can!
I'll keep it short...i have spent the last 5 years and over 3000 hours Digitally Remastering a total of 747 episodes of Lux Radio Theatre and would like to offer the collection to you so that you can replace your episodes here with the new episodes. I gave the set to www.otrcat.com and you can see my name listed on the product listing page under the image of Vincent Price, credited for Digital Remastering but they are now selling it for 165 USD. They have not received any new updates since 2017 and since then there have been about a dozen new restorations. I also do not know if their set is still the same quality or whether they have re-encoded the files to a lower audio bitrate quality in order to save space and lower file size. Hence, this set here on archive.org will always be the best quality version available anywhere worldwide!!!!
I am currently in the process of uploading the entire Digitally Restored Collection to my own page here on Archive.org along with Screen Director's Playhouse, which I also spent over 500 hours on and it came out nearly flawless.
I am presently working on complete Digital Restoration of SUSPENSE and ESCAPE! but it will be about 6 months before final completion. So far more than 4000 hours of labor have been invested in those 2 series.
If anyone appreciates the thousands of hours of work that i have put into these restorations, please feel free to send a donation via paypal using the link below. Any amount at all is greatly appreciated.
November 23, 2016 Subject:
Lux Radio Theater
Just Love This Radio Program ! Thank You ! After Downloading I Found Out I Must Have Gotten Every Episode ! A Year Has Gone By And I Don't Think I Have Heard Everyone Yet ! A Must Have Download For Any Real Fan Of Old Time Radio ! And Even The Years It Must Have Taken To Compile This Many Episodes ! I Just Can't Thank You Enough !